A view from the A817 on a journey to Islay in June 2018, not far from the view of the Arrochar Alps. The Navy base at Faslane can be seen below.
An early view from the A817 detour on the way to Islay (see also the view of the Arrochar Alps from the A817), looking back over Loch Lomond. It’s a fairly steep climb from the A82, but well worth it for the views.
When driving to Islay most people probably take the A82/A83 route from Glasgow. If you have a bit of spare time and the weather is nice I now recommend to take a detour via the A817 Haul Road (and A814) between Loch Lomond and Gare Loch / Loch Long. The views are fantastic, especially on the western part of the A817. The Arrochar Alps and other mountains line the horizon, a great view.
I had known about this route for many years, but for various reasons (in particular weather and time) had never got around to drive it. In June 2018 I had both the time as well as some decent weather, so I decided to go for it. Well worth it.